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Just one silver lining in BCS title-game cloud

Warren grad Nathan Boois off strong starts their college basketball careers. | FILE PHOTO

Warren grad Nathan Boothe is off to strong starts in their college basketball careers. | FILE PHOTO

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So far, so good for the four area prep basketball stars who graduated in June of 2012 and are now playing hoops for college teams in the Mid-American Conference.

Akeem Springs (Waukegan grad/Northern Illinois) — A sometimes starter, he’s playing 22 minutes a game and is averaging 9.7 points per contest. Sadly, NIU’s hoops program is seemingly always bad and this year (3-1) is no exception.

Darius Paul (Warren grad/Western Michigan) — The power forward’s started every game as a freshman, and plays 28 minutes a contest. He’s averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds for a team that is 8-6.

Charles Harris (LFA grad who Antioch/Western Michigan) — He missed his senior season of hoops at Lake Forest Academy due to an injury. He’s now a reserve with Western Michigan, averaging about five minutes of action. He’s scored 14 points in the seven games in which he’s appear.

Nathan Boothe (Warren grad/Toledo) — The power forward is starting and averaging 25 minutes of action each night. He’s averaging 8.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for a team that is 4-7.

Updated: February 13, 2013 6:06AM

Random thoughts from someone who shares a birth date with pro wrestler Terry Bollea — AKA Hulk Hogan.

And, for the record, the combined net worth of the two men born on the same date is $4.9 million — with Terry’s worth estimated to be $5 million.

You can figure out the rest.

Regarding the BCS Championship Non-Competitive Game in the Orange Bowl between the Hapless Irish and Alabama:

1) You never think about this when you watch high school bands perform at halftime of football games.

But the University of Alabama’s “Million Dollar Band” includes at least 50 flag girls. And they’ve got to get them from somewhere, so maybe being a flag girl for a high school band is good preparation for the big-stage jobs.

Kind of gives you a new appreciation for those high-schoolers waving flags during pre-game and halftime shows.

Notre Dame, incidentally, has zero flag girls.

2) The football stadium in Miami is one of those football-only arenas in which there is not a bad seat in the house.

But that said, the sound in the stadium went straight up.

Alabama’s band had 400 members and you could hardly hear it play because the sound went straight to the sky.

3) At the game, a 24-ounce soft drink cost $5 which, given the magnitude of the game, seemed semi-reasonable.

4) Scheduling connecting flights that are just 45 minutes apart and in airport terminals a mile away from each other is beyond stupid.

5) Lost a Diet Coke bet to the Irish fan in an adjacent seat, due to failure to turn theory into fact.

The theory was this: When you’re in a big venue, such as the Orange Bowl with 80,000 people, there is somebody in that stadium that you know or who knows you, but you just don’t run into each other.

Thought for sure that somebody in that stadium would be a friendly face, and it turned out not to be so.

6) The pride of Lake Forest, our own Tommy Rees, spent the entire game on the Irish sideline wearing his No. 11 jersey and a red winter hat so he’d be easy to spot signaling in plays to the QB on the field.

7) The pride of Vernon Hills, our own Davaris Daniels, arguably was the best player on the field for Notre Dame. The wideout caught a half-dozen passes for 115 yards.

8) Those with Verizon phones at the game couldn’t use them for calling, texting, tweeting or taking pictures.

Verizon did not work in the Orange Bowl. It did, however, work when driving through Gator Alley — 100 miles of nothingness AKA the Everglades.

While we’re happy for the tremendous success of Grayslake North High School’s girls basketball team this winter, we can’t help but lament that all this winning came one year too late.

This year, Grayslake North was moved from the Class 3A division (smaller schools) to the Class 4A division (big schools like Zion-Benton, Stevenson, Rolling Meadows, etc.) for the IHSA playoffs.

That is an unbelievably bad bit of luck for the mighty Knights.

When it comes to TV announcers and hosts, we all have our favorites and non-favorites.

You can like or dislike Jim Nance or Erin Andrews or Brent Musburger all you want.

But if you don’t think that The Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” host Gary Williams is the worst excuse for a sports-show host on the air today, it has to be because you’ve never gotten up at 6 a.m. to watch the show.

He’s BWB — bad beyond belief.

If you asked 10 people at Gurnee Mills who won the NHL championship last year, would more people answer “Blackhawks,” “Vancouver Canucks,” or “Los Angeles Kings?”

“Blackhawks” has to be the favorite on the betting line.

Zion-Benton grad Octavia Crump, a reserve on the women’s basketball team at Illinois State University, has lost her shooting touch.

She’s 2-of-11 from the field and 6-of-16 from the free-throw line.

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